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When you want total performance, Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale is your genetics headquarters

URBANA, Ill. – Commercial cow-calf producers and seedstock breeders interested in purchasing a total performance tested bull may choose from 41 bulls offered in the 2021 Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale. The sale incudes 11 2019 mature bulls and 32 yearlings, including 27 Angus, 13 Simmental and SimAngus, and one Polled Hereford.

The longstanding performance sale, in its 53rd year, will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 in its new location, Lowderman Auction Facility, just west of Macomb. In its long history, 4,825 bulls valued at over $8 million sold have sold.

"The sale order is based on a Power Score system that uses the economic indexes provided by the breed associations," says Travis Meteer, University of Illinois Extension commercial ag educator and IPT sale manager. The Power Score will be calculated on the 'Percentile Rank' for these values. The economic indexes are $C for Angus, API and TI for Simmental, and BMI and CHB for Hereford.

Bulls must meet some of the most rigorous requirements in the industry, along with strict requirements for superior Expected Progeny Differences. 

“These bulls don’t just have to pass the test; they have to pass every test,” Meteer says. Bulls must meet a stringent minimum scrotal circumference for their age. Mothers of the bull are required to test negative for Johne’s Disease or come from a Level 1 or higher herd of the Voluntary Johne’s Certification Program. Bulls must test free for Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) using the Persistently Infected (PI) ear notch screening system. All Senior and January yearlings must be fertility tested. Additionally, all bulls must meet weight, frame, and functional soundness evaluations prior to the sale.

"The 2021 IPT Bull Sale offers an elite set of bulls, highlighted by several genetic powerhouse bulls that have light birth weight, high growth, and carcass desirability," Meteer says. "Their pedigrees reflect proven breed-leaders, AI sires, and legendary breed icons. There are truly unique combinations of performance, pedigree, and phenotype offered through the sale."

The IPT Bull Sale online catalog includes all pedigree information, adjusted weights, Power Scores, EPDs on seven traits, and two dollar value indexes. The site also provides more complete information on how the “Power Score” is calculated and a summary of the 52 previous sales. Online bidding will be offered through LiveAuctions.TV.

All bulls will sell with genomic-enhanced EPDs, which increases the accuracy and reliability of the EPD values. Most all of this year’s consignors have consigned bulls to previous sales and represent some of the elite seedstock suppliers in the state of Illinois and the Midwest.

"These bulls selling Feb 25 are a direct result of generations of planned matings," Mateer says.

The sale is supported by University of Illinois Extension, University of Illinois Animal Sciences Department, Illinois Angus Association, Illinois Simmental Association, Vita-Ferm, Boehringer-Ingleheim, Zoetis 50K, Dearwester Grain, and ABS. For more information on the sale or bulls consigned contact Travis Meteer at 217-430-7030 or email

Attendees must follow established COVID-19 safety protocols, including masking and distancing requirements established by the Illinois Department of Health for the Macomb area.

SOURCE: Travis Meteer, Illinois Extension, Commercial Ag Educator
EDITOR: Judy Mae Bingman, Illinois Extension, Marketing and Communications Manager

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